Yay! With all of your fantastic advice, I think this finally turned out the way that I was hoping it would. The draft was a little bit rusty, so I appreciate the feedback and helpful advice! One thing that I was really “iffy” on with the draft was not having an introduction. I intentionally did this at first because I follow a few individuals on Instagram who host podcasts, and they do short snippets of their podcasts on Instagram. Well one thing that I noticed was it was normally just a piece of the podcast, something to hook or gauge the audience’s interest, but the majority of them didn’t include an introduction. The only thing that I can think of was different, was that they had a visual (video) with it, so that helped a little bit. It’s a little different with an audio story. So, I agree 100% with you all that the introduction and conclusion to my podcast snippet, makes it more intriguing, and it lets the listeners know where to go if they want to follow along to the entire podcast.
Let’s dive in a little bit to learn how I made the edits to this final audio story. I took what I originally had (the 17 min interview) and added the intro to the draft story. There really wasn’t much editing here besides cutting out a few awkward pauses, but I placed that in front of what I originally had in the rough draft. I then went ahead and “split” the music, using the razor tool, and toned down the music where the piano came in. Like each of you said, it was a little distracting with the volume. The reason that I had to split the clip before turning down the volume, was that I didn’t want to lower the volume in the beginning. It already starts out quiet, so I didn’t want to make it even more quiet. So, by splitting the clip, it helped me tone down the volume in the right places.
After turning down the volume, I went ahead and cut the beginning of the clip where I say “looking back on your big day…”, there was a little bit of a glitch there, so I used the razor tool and went ahead and removed that. By the way, I just learned that in the bottom right hand corner, you can zoom in (left to right) to get those small glitches cut out to perfection. BEST THING EVER! Can’t believe I didn’t realize this sooner, I guess that’s what happens when you’re a total noob to Adobe products. This made life A LOT easier.
Lastly, I didn’t have a very good conclusion, or “next steps” portion in the original interview with Adrian. So, I went ahead and used voice memos on my phone to create my own. I was a little concerned that the volume would be funky, but I think it turned out well. I wanted to make it casual, without being too awkward (which I sometimes struggle with). I wanted to include follow up steps like, where to find the full podcast, and asking the audience what they would like to hear on the future podcasts. Are there questions that they have that they would like answered? I recorded this all on my phone and added it to the end of the original draft, and it seemed to fit pretty well!
Other than that, the only other edits I made were a few minor edits to the “umms” and awkward pauses. I hope you like the way it turned out! Again, thank you so much for your help!